Roberto Merhi will remain on the Manor Marussia F1 Team’s driving line-up at the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix on the weekend of 19-21 June.
The Spaniard had originally signed with the team for the “opening rounds” of the 2015 Formula 1 season, with his ongoing role being announced on a race-by-race basis.
He was on course to beat teammate Will Stevens for the second race running at last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix – and would have done so irrespective of the Englishman having his front wing knocked off by Romain Grosjean during the race – until a broken driveshaft saw him notch up the team’s first DNF of the season.
“After what has been a strong weekend for us here in Canada, it’s a shame to have experienced our first retirement of the season,” Manor Marussia team principal John Booth reflected later.
“Roberto suffered a broken driveshaft, which, after such a long run of reliability up until now, is disappointing. He’s doing a great job at the moment though and I’m sure he’ll bounce back for Austria.
“Will was having a very good race before he was hit by Grosjean, breaking his front wing. He was at least able to recover and take the chequered flag. So, a less than straightforward race than we’ve been used to, but plenty of positives to take away nonetheless.”
“It has been a very positive weekend for me and the team, so to retire from the race for the first time this season is disappointing,” Merhi added after the race, which was won for the fourth time by Lewis Hamilton.
“I had a nice battle with Will though and there is so much to take away from here in terms of steps forward, so we have to focus on the good things.
“I feel like I’m making good progress, so it’s all about what we can do to prepare for the next one [in Austria] and keep pushing to improve.”
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